Devise shaping up in Bonneval’s absence

Bonneval and Devise (inner) fighting out the finish of the Gr.1 Wellfield NZ Oaks.

Devise enjoyed a lucrative three-year-old season and she is impressing trainer Shaune Ritchie as she closes in on a return to racing.

The daughter of Darci Brahma is a two-time winner and finished runner-up to Bonneval in last season’s Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m).

“She looks terrific and she’ll trial at the end of the month and she should be back at the races in November,” said Ritchie. “She’s come back much stronger and her form looks good.”

The half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Zurella was also placed last term behind Bonneval in the Gr.2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic (2000m) and in the Gr.3 Lowland Stakes (2100m).

  • NZ Racing Desk